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Seven years after the death of his wife, company executive Aoyama is invited to sit in on auditions for an actress. Leafing through the resumés in advance, his eye is caught by Yamazaki Asami, a striking young woman with ballet training.
I'm glad I'm married because I'm never dating again.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
“This wire can cut through flesh and bone easily.”
There is a large canvas bag on the floor. It is tied with rope. Inside it, a living thing moves violently.
Before Audition descends into a maelstrom of hallucination and shocking violence, it moves along placidly as a domestic melodrama in the vein of Ozu or Sirk. The premise is skeevy, of course: Shigeharu Aoyama (Ryo Ishibashi), seven years a widower and living with his teenage son, is encouraged by both his son and his friend, Yasuhisa Yoshikawa (Jun Kunimara), to venture back into the dating world. Yoshikawa—winner of the Mel Gibson gender relations award—suggests that Aoyama find his new bride by staging a fake casting audition for the lead role…
Hoop-Tober #1: September of Darkness, The bleeding edge
This film is a truly proof that sound and images can be truly a hell; and Miike did a convenient hell in all conventions, dimensions and courage as a sledgehammer hits his audience in the skull and squeezing in our brain; the heart get stabbed and the mind meltdown; destroying and obliterating all the sense; the eyes and the ears and even the touch. It’s a very delirium experience and ultra sensory work. An auditory nightmare. A violent knock on the soul.
And the film begins with a grief; a very melodic music plays, almost melancholic a father and son look sadly to a woman dying in the bed; the gloomy sadness…
Following Haneke’s Funny Games and Lynch’s Lost Highway, Audition was Takashi Miike’s contribution to a small movement of unsettling cinema in the late 90s as well as his international breakthrough.
Miike is comparable to Haneke in the moments where his action is filmed naturalistically without music or ominous lighting. In the scenes where he does use manipulative techniques his style is contrapuntal, televisual even, bizarrely playing out like a romantic drama. The film has many notable Lynchian qualities in its second half, with a skilful play between nightmare and reality. The momentary glimpses of the horrors to come are mysterious, even on repeat viewings, and the snippets of terror retain a sense of dread in the build up to the…
An immaculately construed nightmare that isn't an easy watch and leaves viewers to form there own conclusions, this is a must see film for fans of the horror genre.
Ryo Ishibashi stars as Aoyama, a widower who has raised his son alone since his wife passed seven years ago. Although he is a good father he hasn't really moved on since his wife's death and it isn't until he's urged on by his son that Aoyame decides he would like to re-marry. Un-sure how to go about meeting women, he speaks to his friend Yoshikawa, a film producer who talks him into holding a fake audition/casting for a film so that he can whittle down potential partners before choosing one…
Prolific Japanese director Takashi Miike is known to stir up controversy with his film's graphic content, and this is perhaps his most disturbing. Yet, at the same time, it is tame and slow-paced compared to something like Ichi the Killer (2001). But it quickly descends into gruesome, grotesque madness; the final act will exhaust even the strongest stomachs. Although, what some might mistake for tasteless, torture-porn violence is nothing of the sort. Miike's patient plotting and tender treatment of his tortured characters hints at the ultimate terrors in store for us.
A middle-aged widower, Aoyama, decides to conduct an audition to find his ideal women. He is immediately smitten by Asami Yamazaki, she is quiet and mysterious. Aoyama's friend, Yoshikawa,…
Kiri kiri kiri!
This is one monstrously f*cked up movie, and I mean this as the highest of compliments. I would really like to see someone who has no knowledge of this film whatsoever watch this for the first time because it's not until over a half hour in the film do we see some disturbing shit. I think the expression on their face would be just be the most entertaining thing to watch. So thrilling. Visceral cinema at its best.
Meiner Meinung nach weder wirklich verstörend, noch besonders gut.
This was a long and slow build up but my god, i will never forget this movie.
Horrorctober 2016, Film 25
Aua. Wenn man nicht wüsste, dass AUDITION ein Horrorfilm von Takashi Miike ist, könnte man ihn recht lange für einen gemächlich erzählten, melancholischen Film über Einsamkeit und Liebe im modernen Japan halten. Bei den Casting-Szenen könnte man kurz glauben, der Film entwickle sich zu einer romantischen Komödie und einem Feedgood-Movie. Natürlich dreht Takashi Miike keine romantischen Komödien und schon gar keine Feelgood-Movies, und daher beginnen bald die Irritationen, die sich langsam aber unaufhaltsam zum grausigen Höhepunkt emporschrauben. Das Objekt der Begierde verwandelt den Begehrenden in ein Objekt, das es in einer Mischung aus kindlicher Freude und chirurgischer Präzision malträtiert als würde es mit einer Puppe spielen.
Film horror “psicologico” del regista giapponese Takeshi Miike, in grande forma, debbo dire, perché se la trama di fondo appare sostanzialmente semplice (un uomo, dopo la perdita della moglie, sente il bisogno di ricominciare una vita sentimentale, così un suo amico gli consiglia di fare un’audizione e selezionare la persona più vicina alle sue corde – la scelta però ricadrà su una ragazza dal passato oscuro), la costruzione filmica, è senza dubbio un elemento accrescitivo, riesce a rivelare a poco a poco il destino fatale del protagonista, anche mescolando l’incubo con la realtà, come voler spezzare la linea di confine tra amore e tragedia. Grandissima prova attoriale per Eihi Shiina, fredda e bella, da brividi mentre fa “quello che deve fare”.
- Reseña escrita en 2011 -
Esta reseña llega con varios años de retraso, originalmente la vi cuando empecé a buscar lo más reconocido del cine de horror y al principio no estuve seguro de qué lugar ocupaba esta película. Pero conforme he ido viendo y aprendiendo más del género, poco a poco se ha ido acomodando en su lugar.
“Odishon” es una película japonesa que comienza con lentitud y va avanzando pasito a pasito. Shigeharu Aoyama, un hombre de lo más ordinario, es alentado por su hijo y decide volver a probar suerte en el amor una década después de la muerte de su esposa. Hablando del asunto con un buen amigo que es productor de cine, éste le…
Better every time.
A surrealistic voyage into the darkest recesses of human insanity. Not only highly disturbing, but a highly emotional experience as well.
Takashi Miike's "Audition" is a slow build up into a brutal, and unforgiving dénouement. It is hard to stomach and at times disturbed me more than "Cannibal Holocaust" (due to the highly intense atmosphere), but if you can handle it this film will leave you bewildered and stunned at its ominous and eerie deeper meaning.
The plot generally looks harmless at the start, but after the innocent introduction "Audition" deviates into a full on horror/thriller. Many people complain about the "slow start", but it geniusly estabishes the mood for impending doom.
"Audition" utilizes flashback scenes and dream sequences to create the perfect scare factor, I cannot wait to check out more from Miike as this was an indusputed masterpiece to me.
That's how you climax your movie after a long, slow burn. Miike masterfully balanced the art of torture porn at the end of a massive build-up. The main character that gets tortured needs to be likable but not perfect. There has to be some part to the character that maybe makes the viewer want to see them suffer a bit, even if we want them to pull through eventually. That's what makes it work for me at least. It's what makes the torture unsettling to watch and enjoyable (as movie entertainment) at the same time and I think Miike did a great job here as he's done his entire career.
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